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Emily Washines

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Emily Washines, a Central Washington University alumna and distinguished member of the Yakama Nation, to serve on the CWU Board of Trustees.

At CWU, Washines received baccalaureate degrees in public policy and political science in 2006. She also minored in economics and served as president of the Native American Student Association, where she developed and coordinated yearly cultural and educational events. Prior to coming to CWU, she was Washington Governor Gary Locke’s education intern.

CWU hired Washines as an admissions counselor. She also was the university’s Native American liaison and led President James L. Gaudino’s Diversity Council before going on to earn a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.

Washines works as public relations specialist for Yakama Nation Fisheries, where she is responsible for communicating cutting-edge science locally, regionally, and nationally, such as about the reintroduce of a locally extinct salmon species.

Washines has presented before the National Social Science Association, Young Women’s Health Summit, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and at the Third National Conference on Women. She has been a frequent panel members, speaker, and volunteer for numerous organizations across the Pacific Northwest. 

With more than 20 years of broadcast and video experience, she serves as president of—and coordinates a yearly film series for—the Yakima Environmental Learning Foundation. She also is on the advisory board of the CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, where she assists with exhibits and the annual Salmon Run.

Earlier this year, Washines launched a Native lifestyle empowerment business, “Native Friends,” which focuses on language, history, culture, and providing parenting resources. Washines said that these are all areas about which she is deeply passionate.

A lifelong learner of Ichiskiin Sinwit, the Yakama language, English, American Sign Language, and Native American Sign Language, Washines also was a reading tutor at Arctic Village School in Alaska. She was selected as Miss NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) and Miss Yakima Nation in 2000.
Her six-year term on the CWU BOT will continue through 2023.

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